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Top 5 Must-Watch TV Shows Premiering in May 2024

May is typically a significant month for TV, especially with the looming Emmys eligibility deadline on the 31st. However, the aftermath of Hollywood strikes in 2023 has resulted in a noticeable decrease in the number of prestigious projects making it before the cutoff in 2024. While this month does feature some highlights like Benedict Cumberbatch portraying a Jim Henson enthusiast on the brink of a breakdown and an action thriller centered around a figure of Black radical politics, most of the best new shows in May offer a fresh take on various genres, diverging from the typical Emmy bait content.

“The Big Cigar” on Apple TV+ dives into the story of Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, as he flees to Cuba in 1974. The series, led by André Holland, sets the stage for a gripping narrative that challenges the conventional portrayal of radical politics in mainstream media.

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“Eric” on Netflix follows the tumultuous journey of Vincent, a children’s television creator, as he grapples with personal demons while trying to navigate a complex family dynamic. The series, despite its tonal inconsistencies, offers a unique perspective on fatherhood and societal structures.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/eGaAl_8QW2c

“John Mulaney Presents: Everybody’s in L.A.” on Netflix showcases John Mulaney’s comedic prowess as he delves into different facets of Los Angeles life with a panel of guests. Mulaney’s charm and wit shine through in this talk show format, offering a refreshing take on late-night entertainment.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/cGSe2T3wgj4

“OMG Fashun” on E! breaks the mold in the fashion-competition category with its edgy and fast-paced episodes featuring Julia Fox and Law Roach. The show’s creative challenges and unconventional approach inject a breath of fresh air into the genre, setting it apart from traditional fashion reality shows.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/rmCFdXgV908

“Stax: Soulsville U.S.A.” on HBO delves into the rich history of Stax Records, a pivotal hub for Southern soul music in Memphis. The docuseries, directed by Jamila Wignot, explores the label’s impact on the music industry and its role in the context of the Civil Rights Movement, offering a nuanced look at the intersection of music and social change.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/FAjCOWHUGM8